The Parallels Between Pericles' Funeral Oration and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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The Parallels Between Pericles' Funeral Oration and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Upon evaluating Pericles' funeral oration and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the reader is able to clearly notice the parallels between the two speeches. Although there is a significant length difference the content of the two orations is quite similar. Throughout the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln noticeably echoes Pericles, transforms the words and ideas of his predecessor, and makes his speech resemble that of the Athenian leader. Although …

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…for the exact same reason Lincoln had for giving his address. Also Lincoln might had resembled Pericles' speech because he too had to install hope into the mourners. This is evident in the speech given by Pericles when he says "For these reasons I shall not commiserate with those parents of the dead…Instead I shall try to comfort them" (Thucydides p.218) In giving his speech Lincoln too tried to put forth this optimistic attitude.